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1. south american reprobate: 'go ahead, call the embassy. i have deeplomatic eemunity.' *smug grin*

gear (gear), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:19 (seventeen years ago) link

2. hardscrabble detective covering up the pain he feels over the DEATH OF HIS SON/FATHER/ETC

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:26 (seventeen years ago) link

(i think i used "hardscrabble" the wrong way, but you know what i mean)

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:27 (seventeen years ago) link

2.1) wife/mother/lover: John... you need... help...

Jimmy Mod is like a child who walks into the middle of a movie (The Famous Jimmy, Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:29 (seventeen years ago) link

3. tracing a call from a seedy killer, who hangs up JUST before they get a location. "he knew exactly how long a trace would take!"

gear (gear), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:31 (seventeen years ago) link

4. "most people want the stable family, the house in the suburbs, a monogamous relationship with a loving wife... but this job is the blood in my veins. law enforcement is my wife."

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:33 (seventeen years ago) link

4.*points* "THAT's what makes the difference between a good cop and a great cop. Do you UNDERSTAND?"

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:34 (seventeen years ago) link

6. daughter mixed up in drugs / prostitution

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:41 (seventeen years ago) link

7 Criminal overlords always being escorted by pimped out henchmen on busy streets in the middle of the day

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:44 (seventeen years ago) link

rookie detective partnered with hard-boiled ex-alcoholic old-timer.

La Monte (La Monte), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:49 (seventeen years ago) link

9. hard-boiled old-timer pops ulcer pills in the squad car

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:52 (seventeen years ago) link

10. good music.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:53 (seventeen years ago) link

11. Badass cop comes home to wife, seems to be able to leave the job at the office...BUT THEN HE'S AWAKENED AT NIGHT BY DISTURBING DREAMS

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:55 (seventeen years ago) link

12. all non-car chases end on rooftops

timmy tannin (pompous), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:56 (seventeen years ago) link

13. minority cop always more "streetwise" than white cop.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:57 (seventeen years ago) link

12. lesbionic supporting-actress cop who bails the principal male cops out of life-and-death jams

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:57 (seventeen years ago) link

13. "What're you doing here? I threw you off the case and suspended your badge!"

"Just happened to be walking through the neigborhood, Captain."

Corollary to #6 is detective is not speaking with adult daughter who has moved in with hippy boyfriend. Detective investigates teenage-runaway-prostitute murder case; it was her pimp. Detective kills pimp and is moved to the realization that nothing is more important than family. Calls daughter, reconciles.

slugbuggy (slugbuggy), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:57 (seventeen years ago) link

16. story "eerily" mirrors something that's been in the real-life news recently

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 02:59 (seventeen years ago) link

12a. Lesbonic supporting actress finally earns respect of male cops first time she does this. "Ya know McGrady, I had my doubts about you from the beginning. But you've really got the stuff. Welcome to the force."

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:02 (seventeen years ago) link

12a1. Same thing with any other minority/unlikely cop

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:04 (seventeen years ago) link

17. in courtroom procedural part of cop show: judge who TELLS IT LIKE IT IS

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:05 (seventeen years ago) link

18. "I know your little hunches usually end up being spot-on but this time it's a clear case of suicide, Brennan. Let's not turn this one into a wild goose chase."

slugbuggy (slugbuggy), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:07 (seventeen years ago) link

"Ya know Leventhal, when you first came on the force, I had my doubts. I didn't think a 320 pound Hassid could hack it around here. But you saved two men's lives when you ran down that gunman. You've really got the stuff. Welcome to the force." (xpost to self)

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:07 (seventeen years ago) link

19. Seemingly pedestrian scene of cop and partner eating in luncheonette/buying coffee from stand when suddenly SUSPECT SPOTTED ACROSS STREET

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:09 (seventeen years ago) link

somewhere there is a writer for law and order reading this thread saying "how did they get the list?!!?"

La Monte (La Monte), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:11 (seventeen years ago) link

20. all police investigations eventually lead detectives to visit strip joint to question key witness/victim/informant/suspect.

timmy tannin (pompous), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:12 (seventeen years ago) link

21. honest cops see rabid, defiant, blood-drenched defendant walk on a 'technicality' thanks to slimy swaggering high-priced "trial-lawyer" who goes out of his way to taunt the policemen. Desks are punched in retribution.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:13 (seventeen years ago) link

22. Chase scenes require bongos, and if a cop looks up the staircase of a building and sees the door to the roof swinging, the bongos will do a trill.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:14 (seventeen years ago) link

22. Only one (1) pr. binoculars issued to team per stakeout.

slugbuggy (slugbuggy), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:14 (seventeen years ago) link

23. Sweaty crack fiend protests his innocence but turns out to know something.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:17 (seventeen years ago) link

24. drinking problems galore

milo z (mlp), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:19 (seventeen years ago) link

maverick flouts rulebook one time too many - has to hand in badge and weapon: "Gerry, you and i go back a long, long way, but the DA's all over me on this one."

continues investigation outside jurisdiction despite suspension

beeble (beeble), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:23 (seventeen years ago) link

26. innocent but guilty-looking sucker is arrested because the city's under pressure to "solve" the murder and they don't think the fall guy's appeal would have any legs in court

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:24 (seventeen years ago) link

28. Street chase scene involves cab screeching to halt in front of detective while perp scrams; cabbie utters uncharacteristically mild invective involving the terms "Youse," "Buddy," and "Watchwhereyergoin."

slugbuggy (slugbuggy), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:25 (seventeen years ago) link

"Youse," "Buddy," and "Watchwhereyergoin."

or charmingly incomprehensible russian/arabic/urdu

louise jaguar (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:27 (seventeen years ago) link

lol

29. swigs cwoffee - "hey lady! quit busting my chops!"

beeble (beeble), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:28 (seventeen years ago) link

30. Cop is on first name basis with and mildly flirts with local diner waitress

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:30 (seventeen years ago) link

31. Kids happily goes up to kidnapper, gets kidnapped, and at the very end, mom and dad sternly tell kid that s/he's really going to make sure he/she never talks to strangers anymore.

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:37 (seventeen years ago) link

Yuck, was that line really ever in a cop show?

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:38 (seventeen years ago) link

32. mild, often archaic swearing

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:38 (seventeen years ago) link

33. Every cop talking in a generic "street" accent that sounds kind of like an outdated Brooklyn accent

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:43 (seventeen years ago) link

34. Street cops eating drippy sandwiches, touching evidence, and generally disrespecting the taped-off area of the crime scene before the forensics guys show up.

slugbuggy (slugbuggy), Thursday, 5 October 2006 03:46 (seventeen years ago) link

35. retirement party = old cop is gonna bite it on his last day.

derrick (derrick), Thursday, 5 October 2006 04:03 (seventeen years ago) link

36. Love interests of cops always get shot (for the two-part episodes)

0xDOX0RNUTX0RX0RSDABITFIELDXOR^0xDEADBEEFDEADBEEF00001 (donut), Thursday, 5 October 2006 04:13 (seventeen years ago) link

37. Cops eating burger/pizza/doughnuts, radio goes off, it's a 4-16. They rush to car stuffing burger/pizza/doughnuts into mouth.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 5 October 2006 04:33 (seventeen years ago) link

38. Car chase scene. Hapless melon vendor sees stall get totalled.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 5 October 2006 04:35 (seventeen years ago) link

For the UK

Detectives' wives must always plan their annual socials to coincide with the discovery of another body.

Detective dramas must regularly feature cases where someone appears to have died, yet will be mysteriously seen alive by one of the protagonists...

Young copper, handing over coffee in polystyrene cup: "Whassamatter sarge, you look as if you've seen a ghost."
Old copper: "I think I just have..."


Courtesy of TV.Cream.org

Paul Kelly (kelly), Thursday, 5 October 2006 04:41 (seventeen years ago) link

40. Pinky. Cocaine. Tongue. "It's pure."

weather1ngda1eson (Brian), Thursday, 5 October 2006 04:41 (seventeen years ago) link

34. Street cops eating drippy sandwiches, touching evidence, and generally disrespecting the taped-off area of the crime scene before the forensics guys show up.

And never wearing gloves to handle potential evidence, despite just about everyone knowing about fingerprints!

37. Cops eating burger/pizza/doughnuts, radio goes off, it's a 4-16. They rush to car stuffing burger/pizza/doughnuts into mouth.

Or they throw it in a bin, especially if it's a polystyrene cup of coffee - what a waste!


41. Increasing use of dramatic irony - the audience knows who the killer is and oh noes the cop/detective is about to step into a trap that will involve a hostage situation.

42. There HAS to be a love interest on the force, resulting in tense scenes that might cause a bungled sting or distract the cop from important clues that could solve the crime.

salexandra (salexander), Thursday, 5 October 2006 05:08 (seventeen years ago) link

43. Incredibly beautiful female witness throws male cops into a spin much to the annoyance of lone female cop who sees RIGHT THROUGH HER.

Roz (Roz), Thursday, 5 October 2006 05:23 (seventeen years ago) link

love these threads

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Friday, 22 June 2012 13:17 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

south american reprobate: 'go ahead, call the embassy. i have deeplomatic eemunity.' *smug grin*

Periodically this phrase will just pop into my head out of nowhere.

ed.b, Sunday, 21 April 2013 01:19 (eleven years ago) link

22. Chase scenes require bongos, and if a cop looks up the staircase of a building and sees the door to the roof swinging, the bongos will do a trill.

― A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Thursday, October 5, 2006 3:14 AM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post

just reread entire thread and this made me lol irl again

hoospanic GANGSTER musician (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:01 (eleven years ago) link

143. DA or Police Chief removes (but does not set down) glasses while making a serious point.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 April 2013 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

144. around the halfway point of the show, the hero chases a minor supporting bad guy to a rooftop and corners him, but the dude is such a psycho that instead of giving himself up he throws himself off the roof. Hero: "noooo", runs to railing, looks down, sees bad guy lying on ground with a tiny trickle of blood coming from beneath his head.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Sunday, 21 April 2013 21:11 (eleven years ago) link

xxpost: Oh my god, please tell me that's ever happened!

ed.b, Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:28 (eleven years ago) link

145. Detectives sighing at one another's idiocy despite being long inured to said idiocy.

Raymond Cummings, Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

146. Cops go to see witness. He doesn't have anything useful to tell them. Just as they're leaving he says 'Its really funny you asking me about that. There was another guy asking me about it 2 days ago".

147. Female cop incredibly good at playing pool.

Joe Kay, Monday, 22 April 2013 00:55 (eleven years ago) link

what no crimer?

https://twitter.com/CrimerShow

NI, Monday, 22 April 2013 01:31 (eleven years ago) link

148. (during a rare insight into troubled past) "they don't teach you that at the academy."

chilli, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:07 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

149. painkiller problem, i can handle it

j., Monday, 5 August 2013 06:37 (ten years ago) link

150. "I'll start another pot of coffee... we got a looooong night ahead of us."

Kissin' Cloacas (Viceroy), Monday, 5 August 2013 06:57 (ten years ago) link

i hate this thread

j., Monday, 5 August 2013 07:03 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

'she's not my mistress, she's my daughter'

j., Friday, 22 November 2013 04:56 (ten years ago) link

152. "He knows what he's talking about. He caught <insert colorful criminal nickname>!"

Maintenance Engineer of Foolhardiness (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 22 November 2013 05:04 (ten years ago) link

I'M GETTING TOO OLD FOR THIS SHIT

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Friday, 22 November 2013 23:04 (ten years ago) link

Detective who had/has a drinking problem

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 22 November 2013 23:26 (ten years ago) link

And his wife that just can't bring herself to throw his ass out.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 22 November 2013 23:48 (ten years ago) link

'put some clothes on, toots'

j., Sunday, 1 December 2013 06:39 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

sleazy management: 'it's perfectly legal'

j., Sunday, 9 February 2014 02:31 (ten years ago) link

Has anyone ever looked into why there are so many cop shows on TV? And in movies? And it's not exactly a recent thing, I think ever since the 70's cops-related entertainment seems to have dominated America.

I was in college in 2006, taking Communications 101, a required course that pretty much everyone who went had to take. The professor did a survey about what kind of careers people wanted to go into, and overwhelmingly it was CSI-style stuff, or DA work, or forensics, etc.

It really made me sad, because here were all these smart and enterprising people, who probably want to do that kind of work because it looks interesting, and it looks like there are puzzles to work out and you use your brain a lot and you probably pick up all these skills that you wouldn't learn in the service industry. And yet it's being funneled to the State, rather than health or technology or environmental science or anything that would help people.

Not that the police don't help people, but usually they show up AFTER a crime has been committed.

I blame all the cops shows and movies. It glorifies the police, it does a good bit to make it seem like State power is super sophisticated and something to be in awe of.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 9 February 2014 22:11 (ten years ago) link

Has anyone ever looked into why there are so many cop shows on TV?

Good post and I agree with your take, pretty much - as to "why," I could only guess but I'm sort of inclined to explain it in kind of boring mechanical terms: cop shows are relatively cheap to make, as they're short on effects or elaborate sets, but they still promise drama, action, violence and a moral universe that's as tidy and predictable or as "we probe shades of gray" as you need it to be. Basically they replace cowboy shows, which did the same things up until people stopped caring about cowboys. If I'm correct in my timeline, the shift from cowboys to cops would more or less coincide with the years of America's significant urban crises, "decay," "crime waves" etc., making cop shows particularly timely and exciting for a long period there.

Crime is way down now, but we may be stuck with it as a narrative, in fiction as in the nightly news (where obviously it also does lots of work to reinforce reactionary attitudes and the expansion of state power). There's also some chicken-and-egg stuff with the audience's expectations and assumptions; generally people think of the cops as heroic, and of course the abundance of cop shops (generally) reinforces that, making the next cop show that much more acceptable.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 February 2014 22:30 (ten years ago) link

Cop shows also rely on a kind of trick where the audience, who are overwhelmingly non-cops, are brought in to identify with the cops both as (a) regular people and (b) larger-than-life people, "heroes," people who put their lives on the line for society, etc. etc. This is an appealing fantasy though the political implications again may be problematic. But it could be argued that this strokes some of the same appeals as, say, superhero fiction, but with less suspension of disbelief and associated silliness. Of course, this varies with the extent to which the fictional cop is seen as wrestling with problems most people will never face, but to the extent that they are Regular Folks with slobby apartments and difficult relationships, it's perhaps exciting to see them rising above all that "in the line of duty" and making big, weighty choices about life and death and justice and morality that the viewers are powerless to make.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 February 2014 22:33 (ten years ago) link

there are a lot of people who want to go into health, technology, and environmental science too.

tv favors a small regular central ensemble cast which encounters a regular, inexhaustible, un-prefigured supply of new figures (less experienced or cheaper or simply less identifiable as actors) from week to week, and for whatever reasons has been drawn to programming in which the central ensemble is shown (a) at work, and (b) helping people, and so public or 'state' (usually, on the level of a locality, even below the level of a whole city, like a district or a neighborhood, since the action will be anchored in a physical place of work) employment at that task is a staple, since officially a lot of the work of these state actors is meant to help people, help society. programs with state actors in that position are more realistic; an alternative model with a band of helpers or a lone hero is also used a lot, but it tends toward the implausible or fantastical (quantum leap, angel, highway to heaven), maybe because it's harder to make believable that people would devote their lives to helping the helpless. and in the alternative model, the people helped are more often helpless; in the law enforcement model, the 'help' is really more for the state of society but is occasioned by someone who is technically helpless, since dead (so often they appear in the characters' rhetoric about speaking for the voiceless etc.).

medical shows and law shows work in similar territory, with variations for the kinds of relationships the principals regularly have with the transient characters/actors, and the kinds of positions those characters are often in: e.g. the dying and the indigent vs. the paying client and the innocent.

there is a dramatic reason for all this far in the background, too, which is that for whatever reason dramatic works that want to at least sometimes partake of tragedy (these shows do sometimes, but not necessarily every episode, and not necessarily that intensely) do it with a death, or at least the prospect of one. cop shows, especially murder-detection ones, come with a guaranteed death, a pretty much guaranteed figurative death (the murderer's, potentially, once caught and sentenced to life in prison), and a regular flirtation with death (of the cops doing their risky jobs).

but the competition between networks probably made the models more pronounced. if one network has a success with a program, another will probably try to get a similar one to succeed. and the intensification of the spinoff gambit in the 90s (it existed before but it didn't used to be that bad, did it?) and 00s, with networks taking up multiple slots for laws and orders and csis, probably didn't help any.

j., Sunday, 9 February 2014 22:58 (ten years ago) link

pfft 'trick' 'the audience, who are non-kings, are led to identify with king lear as larger than life but somehow also as a human being' it's called art, it's this thing

j., Sunday, 9 February 2014 23:04 (ten years ago) link

Didn't mean "trick" in the sense of tricking anybody but in the sense of a flourish, a device, a technique. None of us lives in Shakespearean times so convincing me that I relate to King Lear's tragic faults has a different political valence than convincing me that an officer of the law is "just like me."

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 February 2014 23:24 (ten years ago) link

but otherwise I agree with your long post, think it gibes pretty well with what I was trying to get at in my first paragraph above.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 February 2014 23:25 (ten years ago) link

yes, we were typing at the same time

but i don't really believe that what the techniques encourage is thinking that law enforcement are 'just like me'.

j., Sunday, 9 February 2014 23:56 (ten years ago) link

Has anyone ever looked into why there are so many cop shows on TV? And in movies? And it's not exactly a recent thing, I think ever since the 70's cops-related entertainment seems to have dominated America.

By "70s" you mean, like, 30s, right?

Ian from Etobicoke (Phil D.), Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00 (ten years ago) link

The procedural became more prominent after World War II, [...] a large part of the impetus for the post-war development of the procedural as a distinct sub-genre of the mystery was due, not to prose fiction, but to the popularity of a number of American films which dramatized and fictionalized actual crimes. Dubbed "semidocumentary films" by movie critics, these motion pictures, often filmed on location, with the cooperation of the law enforcement agencies involved in the actual case, made a point of authentically depicting police work. Examples include The Naked City (1948), The Street with No Name (1948), T-Men (1947), and Border Incident (1949).

fit and working again, Monday, 10 February 2014 00:34 (ten years ago) link

(just elaborating on phil's point)

fit and working again, Monday, 10 February 2014 00:35 (ten years ago) link

One semidocumentary, He Walked By Night (1948), released by Eagle-Lion Films, featured a young radio actor named Jack Webb in a supporting role. The success of the film, along with a suggestion from LAPD Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn, the film's technical advisor, gave Webb an idea for a radio drama that depicted police work in a similarly semidocumentary manner.

fit and working again, Monday, 10 February 2014 00:36 (ten years ago) link

but i don't really believe that what the techniques encourage is thinking that law enforcement are 'just like me'.

Well there are common factors you can put into any media to pander towards the everyman, the most effective being personal flaws. At heart most people think themselves flawed, and seeing a character flaw triggers sympathy. So the character has a drinking problem, or is going through a divorce, or has lost their partner, etc.

I think most of the techniques encourage the idea that if you do the slightest thing illegal, the state has an unrealistically advanced forensic science department and will devote 100% of the work force to track you down. Big Brother Fan Fiction.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 10 February 2014 05:08 (ten years ago) link

a snuff film. is it real?! they're never real. but…?!

j., Monday, 17 February 2014 04:08 (ten years ago) link

'am i in some kind of trouble here?'

j., Monday, 17 February 2014 04:32 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

in a garage, a suspect at work (usually a parolee) is approached by the police

they announce themselves

<suspect bolts>

j., Friday, 27 June 2014 05:01 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Poloroids of shifty looking people's faces pinned to cork board, linked by bits of coloured string.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Sunday, 10 August 2014 02:39 (nine years ago) link

thoughtful examination of the death of the american working class

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Sunday, 10 August 2014 07:17 (nine years ago) link

163. after a case which ended messily detective macannister visits his father, who was also a detective but has been retired for 20ish years or so since his wife carol passed. macannister, sr. recounts a story about a similar case he investigated once and macannister, jr. gains some perspective and clarity about his role in ameliorating the hurt this world doles out, regardless of how it all shakes out in the end. macannister, sr. is sitting in his favorite chair the whole conversation. it's his favorite chair.

slugbuggy, Monday, 11 August 2014 12:23 (nine years ago) link

'this is startin to sound an awful lot like an interrogation'

j., Wednesday, 13 August 2014 03:48 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Drug dealer or criminal holding info is let off the hook, i.e. not jailed or charged for carry illicit items in exchange for coughing up some tidbit or three of use to constabulary

― Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, October 5, 2006 10:56 AM (9 years ago)

aka 'don't worry, we're not narcs'

j., Thursday, 4 August 2016 07:30 (seven years ago) link

164. Suspect sarcastically recites his own Miranda rights, "No, don't tell me. I have the right to remain silent. I have the right to an attorney..."

165. Cop guiding suspect into police car, intentionally whumping suspect's head on roof. "Whoopsie-daisy!"

165 (b). Suspect's innocence has been proven or has been arrested for an "honorable" crime. Cop graciously goes out of way to keep suspect's head from whumping the roof again.

pplains, Thursday, 4 August 2016 13:34 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

school official who didn't think it was relevant

j., Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:09 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

detective prays with a suspect

j., Monday, 26 December 2016 03:28 (seven years ago) link

detective prays with a suspect who is a priest

j., Monday, 26 December 2016 03:28 (seven years ago) link

there is a baby!

the public servant wants, unexpectedly, to take care of it

but they have to send it to family services!

j., Thursday, 29 December 2016 06:06 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

22. Chase scenes require bongos, and if a cop looks up the staircase of a building and sees the door to the roof swinging, the bongos will do a trill.

I still think about this maybe once or twice a year and it never gets old.

ed.b, Thursday, 7 February 2019 04:13 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Cocky Detective: "We'll see what the lab has to say about that!"

The Lab: "It's inconclusive!"

but first the lab person has to be silly and obfuscatory before the cop goes “get to the point” or “in English, please”

brimstead, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:50 (two weeks ago) link

From the "separate the art from the artist" thread:

how many cop shows just have the ubiquitous drag queen sitting in a chair twiddling their thumbs waiting to be put in jail? even now. its like having a coffee machine in the scene.

― scott seward, Friday, May 10, 2024

Kim Kimberly, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:47 (two weeks ago) link


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